Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker

It looks a bit like R2-D2, and it's just as smart. With its multitude of settings and thermal sensors, this computerized rice cooker turns out perfect grains, no matter the variety: fluffy jasmine, tender basmati, toothsome brown rice. Adjusting its own temperature and cook time, soaking and steaming and keeping the cooked rice warm, it's our kitchen's most fail-safe gadget.

Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker, $137.67 and up at

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